News from MSU Media Relations--January 13

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - "Mississippi State Basketball with Rick Stansbury" makes its 2006-07 season debut this Sunday both on local and regional television.

Atlanta-based SportSouth will air the MSU basketball coach's TV show at 10 p.m. CT each Sunday night, while FSN South will carry the program Mondays at noon CT. Local CBS affiliate WCBI-TV is scheduled to show the weekly program every Sunday night at 11 p.m. CT, except for this week only (Jan. 14) when it will air at 11 a.m. CT Sunday morning. WCBI's My Mississippi is slated to carry the MSU coach's show each Monday at 10 p.m. CT. CSS is scheduled to air the show Mondays at 3:30 p.m. CT, while Cox Sports Television (CST) will carry the program Thursdays at 4 p.m. CT.

In addition, Mississippi State University's Channel 18 is scheduled to air "Mississippi State Basketball with Rick Stansbury" every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CT. Basketball game playbacks of recent Bulldog home contests are also slated to air Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on MSU's Channel 18 immediately following the coach's TV show throughout the basketball season.

The 30-minute television show, hosted by veteran Mississippi State sportscaster Jack Cristil, stars ninth-year MSU head basketball coach Rick Stansbury. Featuring game highlights, player and coach features, and scouting reports on upcoming Bulldog opponents, the weekly program is a production of the Bulldog Sports Network in conjunction with the Mississippi State University Television Center.

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (10-6, 1-1 SEC) continue their short two-game homestand on Sunday afternoon, hosting the fifth-ranked LSU Tigers (15-2, 1-1 SEC) in a 2 p.m. contest at Humphrey Coliseum. Sunday’s contest is sponsored by Northland Cable.

Mississippi State is 38-4 all-time against LSU. The Lady Bulldogs' four wins against the Bayou Bengals all came before Sharon Fanning's arrival in Starkville prior to the start of the 1995-96 season. Since MState's last win on Jan. 10, 1995, LSU has won 14 straight in the series.

Two games into the conference season, sophomore guard Marneshia Richard is leading the Lady Bulldogs with 18.0 points per game. Freshman forward Bethany Washington is bringing down 8.0 rebounds per game, while junior forward Imesia Jackson (12.5) and freshman guard Alexis Rack (12.0) are also averaging double-digit scoring totals. Against Georgia, Rack hit four three-pointers all in the first half and a layup in the second period to lead MState with 14 points against the #15 Lady Bulldogs.

MSU continues to lead opponents in a majority of statistical categories. The Lady Bulldogs are out-scoring (+4.6) and out-rebounding (+2.8) opponents. MSU averages 64.1 points per game in comparison to the opponents 59.6 points per outing. In addition to recording 1.9 fewer turnovers (19.1-21.0) and tallying 0.7 more assists (12.8-12.1) and 1.6 more steals (11.4-9.8), MSU also has 0.6 more blocks (4.1-3.5) each time out.

In just the ninth loss in three seasons for LSU coach Pokey Chatman, Sylvia Fowles led LSU (15-2, 1-1) with 25 points and 19 rebounds, while Quianna Chaney added 14 points as Mississippi defeated the Tigers, 77-74, on Thursday evening in Oxford.

LSU came out of the break and quickly erased the 17-point halftime deficit. Fowles and Chaney mercilessly squeezed Ole Miss, scoring the first 18 points in a run, mostly on short-range jumpers and layups. Fowles, a 6-foot-6 center, scored 10 during the run and guard Chaney drove the lane for the other eight. LSU outscored Ole Miss 53-39 in the second half, but never wrested the lead from the Rebels. The loss snaps a 10-game win streak for LSU.

Fowles continues to lead the Tigers in scoring and rebounds, averaging 17.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Chaney also averages double-digit scoring, hauling in 11.7 points per contest.

As a team, the Tigers are out-scoring opponents by more than 24 points per game and bringing down 8.1 more rebouds.

Following Sunday afternoon's contest, MState will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., on Thursday evening to take on the Lady Volunteers in a 6 p.m. CT tipoff from Thompson-Boling Arena. UT is currently the fourth-ranked team in the country.

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